The African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) recently amended the Harare Protocol on Patents and Industrial Designs and announced an increase in official fees. The amendments entered into force on January 1, 2017.

Some of the amendments include the revision of the provisions for post-grant amendments, restrictions and clarification on multiple dependencies in claims, further clarification of patentable and non-patentable inventions, and an extensions on time limits.

It is worth mentioning that these changes coincided with ARIPO’s 40th Administrative Council Session held in December 2016.

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